I cook almost all my food from fresh veggies. If I make spaghetti sauce, I start with tomatoes I peel and chop, not ones from a can. I don't make my own bread, but then i don't eat much bread and never white bread. Baking bread is a time consuming process, you can achieve the same results using a local bakery. But I make everything else. When I use chicken broth, it's broth I made, same with beef broth. When it comes to hamburger meat, we use Laura's Lean Beef
. I use the 96% version. It costs a lot more but it contains less fat than turkey or chicken. Speaking of chicken: I never really paid much attention to chicken before, but now that i have, we are starting to use only organic chicken. I have an 8 year old daughter. I don't want her spouting double d boobs and starting her period when she is 10 because she's eating all those growth hormone laden chicken products. I cook a lot of fish but NEVER fish from Asia.
I don't believe the "organic" label that big grocery stores put on their veggies though. There isn't enough regulation and what there is is vague. Farmer Joe has a bazillion acres and he goes "organic" on a few hundred and then everything from his farm gets the organic label. You can find true organic grocers and meats through this website
, organic.org. Things cost a little more but how much food does the average household toss anyway? Buy what you will eat and don't throw any away and it will make up for the extra cost.
Like I said, I'm not a radical treehugger, but it just makes sense to do what you can. As I have gotten older I have learned more about the way they do things now. There were never these big meat recalls for E.Coli and such when I was young. There were actual butchers in the grocery store who cut the stuff up, not some big centralized mass produced chopping block.
I found some good ideas from these two site, Treehugger.com
and planet green
. I've just reade the articles, i haven't ventured to their forums. I'm sure there are some severe nut cases on their forums lol. What I am looking for is a cartoon about meat processing that was pretty funny. i can't remember the name and I can't find it now.
I need to get a website going called "How to go green without being a nutcase" lol.